Our Commitment to Service:
We want to make a positive impact on the world by caring for our neighbors and our community by helping to provide education, and by supporting local businesses and organizations that consistently make a real difference in people’s lives!
Charities That We Support
Community means a lot to us, and giving back is part of that commitment to serve our neighbors! Without our neighbors (our customers) and their continual support and referrals we would not have had our success…and that is what fires our desire to serve.
There are many charities in our area that are well deserving of support. The Charities that we have chosen have been consistent in the work that they have done over the years and it speaks for itself!
Children First provide care and guidance to over 600 vulnerable children of our area from birth to 5 years of age, and their families. Services are provided at multiple locations throughout Sarasota County. Children First not only has a focus on Kindergarten readiness through Head Start and Early Head Start, but they offer programs to help strengthen families, too. Children First provides the tools for dreams to become reality.
“Children First Celebrates Elaine’s Kids”
Girls Inc. has made a solid commitment to give girls the opportunity to learn how to become Strong… Smart… and Bold. Their focus is on girls from age 5 through High School. Girls Inc. believes in helping to create the female leaders of tomorrow while at the same time strengthening the quality of our communities.
As early as age 5, girls who attend Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County are exposed to life-changing education about entrepreneurship, technology, finances, engineering and science through national Girls Inc. curriculum and experiential learning through a girl-run city called “Dream Harbor.” Eighty percent of those who participate in “Dream Harbor” go on to attend higher education and have successful careers.
“With You In My Corner” Girls Inc.
“SuperGirl Alex” “Help Our SuperGirls Soar!”
“SuperGirl Shayla” “Help Our SuperGirls Soar!”
“The Girls Inc. Experience”
The Wounded Warrior Project: We are blessed to play a small part in giving back to those who defend and protect us all.
From the WWP website
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. On that date, America watched in horror as approximately 3,000 people died including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers. Many warriors note a sense of duty to volunteer for the military following these tragic events.
Sept. 11 also served as a stimulus for Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn. Operation Iraqi Freedom refers to military operations in Iraq that began March 19, 2003 and officially ended August 31, 2010. Operation Enduring Freedom refers to combat operations in Afghanistan and other regions in support of the Global War on Terror. Operation New Dawn refers to the conclusion of operations in Iraq beginning September 1, 2010 and ending December 15, 2011.
For WWP, there is a distinct difference between members and alumni; the term alumnus indicates a mutual shared experience and denotes your place in an organization was earned. There are no dues here – those were paid by wearing the uniform and on the battlefield.
Surviving the battlefield
With advancements in battlefield medicine and body armor, an unprecedented percentage of service members are surviving severe wounds or injuries. For every US soldier killed in World Wars I and II, there were 1.7 soldiers wounded. In Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, for every US soldier killed, seven are wounded. Combined, over 48,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in the recent military conflicts.
In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.
A catalyst for change
With the mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury – from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.